This toolbox was developed in 2020 for the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Research Roadmap and provides a synthesis of key action points from the WHO GPP-EP guidelines. This “how to” guide gives an overview, tips and resources and will be updated as new resources are completed and approved.
Project Report: “Nothing about us without us”: How families affected by Zika are claiming back controlby Mesh Editorial Team, Natalie Hunter
This article introduces a series of videos exploring experiences of the Zika epidemic from different perspectives. Within the videos we hear from mothers of children born with microcephaly and from researchers in Brazil and the UK.
Podcast: Defined roles and Working Together: A Conversation about the Community Engagement, Communications and Social Science associated with a Vaccine Trial during the Ebola Outbreak of 2014-2016.by Sian Aggett, Mesh Editorial Team
This podcast features the team who led the EBOVAC-Salone study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine discussing the role community engagement played within clinical trials
This 7 module course offers comprehensive training exploring the wide range of ethical issues faced by health professionals and policy makers working in the context of epidemics/pandemics and disaster situations, focusing primarily on the key areas of research, surveillance and patient care.
Project Report: More Deadly than War: Spanish Flu and the Threat of Pandemic, an exhibition at Torquay Museum, UKby Mesh Editorial Team
Project Report: An Exploration of the Lived Experience of African Journalists during the 2014 Ebola Crisisby World Federation of Science Journalists, Mesh Editorial Team
Project Report: World Mosquito Day Community Festival to raise awareness of mosquito vectors in local communitiesby Leonardo Ortega-López, Mesh Editorial Team
Academic Literature: 'Super Special Moms': Grassroots, social media support group aids the response to congenital Zika syndromeby Mesh Editorial Team
This paper briefly summarises the discussion of a committee which aimed to assess clinical trials conducted in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia during the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Literature: From ‘Trial Community’ to ‘Experimental Publics’: How Clinical Research Shapes Public Participationby C. Montgomery & R. Pool, Mesh Editorial Team
This article argues for a conceptual shift away from the static, singular term ‘trial community’ towards ‘experimental publics’. The authors observe that the term ‘community’ is often employed uncritically and assumes that ‘communities’ pre-exist research; that they are timeless and undifferentiated wholes. ‘Experimental publics’, by contrast, are dynamic, multiple, and impermanent in nature.
This article, by Wilkinson et al. 2017, deconstructs notions of 'community', and the ways it is conceptualised and understood, in order to critically reflect upon methods of engaging 'communities' during the west African Ebola epidemic in 2014.
This article analyses media coverage and public communications over the time of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa 2013-2016 with a focus on the interations between scientifically grounded information and messages from cultural and religious actors.
A Case Study: In 2012 the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) was awarded £29,999 from the Wellcome Trust International Engagement Awards over three years to implement an engagement project alongside its Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections (VIZIONS). The project uses simple digital storytelling techniques to bring to the surface the participants’ ideas about personal and public risk and perceptions of disease and transmission.